Combined Heat & Power

Demand Side Services

Energy Efficiency

Heat Networks


Government has recognised the value of decentralised energy and has clear commitments to growing the industry in the years ahead.  From the Industrial and Clean Growth Strategies, to the National Infrastructure Assessment, the solutions our members provide are front and centre with increasing recognition across the energy system that decentralised energy is central to the UK’s successful energy system transition.

Through our work with Government and other key bodies, the Association for Decentralised Energy provides an influential voice for its members.

We are the leading decentralised energy advocate. We are shaping the debate and influencing policy around the UK's transition to a more cost effective, efficient and user-led energy system.

Our recent policy achievements include:

Combined heat and power (CHP)

  • Securing a three-year transition for reduction in embedded benefit for exported power following an unsuccessful industry campaign to stop the reduction.
  • Persuading Ofgem to launch its Charging Futures Forum to look at network charging in a more holistic way, including access and forward-looking charges.
  • Helping to secure Carbon Price Support until 2025, protecting related CHP reliefs from the tax, worth £72,000 for every megawatt of onsite CHP.

Find out why we are advocates for CHP.

Commercial CHP

  • Securing Government commitment to review how SAP measures CHP carbon savings to ensure the methodology recognises CHP’s environmental value.
  • Receiving a commitment from Ofgem that on-site supply qualifies for the Capacity Market under current wording of the Rules.
  • Successfully blocking National Grid’s effort to bring forward new generator compliance with European Requirement for Generator code requirements from May 2019 to May 2018.

Find out why we are advocates for CHP.

Demand side services

  • Working with Elexon and National Grid to open the Balancing Mechanism (BM) to demand response and distributed generation via Project TERRE implementation.
  • Securing a commitment from Ofgem to open the balancing market to all demand response and distributed generation.
  • Securing change in balancing market reforms to prevent aggregator customers being billed by their suppliers for balancing market non-delivery.
  • Successfully preventing the requirement for unproven demand side response (DSR) to deliver up to 18 months before Capacity Market delivery year, protecting visibility of DSR business models.
  • Ensuring DSR component reallocation rule changes did not require re-testing of entire CMU when new components are added, preventing unnecessary delays.

Find out why we are advocates for demand side services. 

Energy efficiency

  • Securing Government commitment in the Clean Growth Strategy to deliver 20 per cent energy productivity improvement by 2030 across industry and business.
  • Securing revision to the Private Rented Sector Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard regulations that replaced a ‘no upfront cost’ limit on a landlord’s requirement to act with a £3,500 capped spending requirement.
  • Researching and publishing ‘Energising Greater Manchester’, telling the story of local energy in the Greater Manchester City Region and setting out the benefits to the city’s residents and workers of increasing the energy performance of its building stock and the proportion of its energy that is supplied locally.
  • Working with other trade bodies as the ‘Energy Efficiency as Infrastructure Group’ to ensure that energy efficiency is seen as part of the UK’s energy infrastructure.

Find out why we are advocates for energy efficiency.

Heat networks

  • Creating an Industry Task Force, supported by Government and Ofgem, to propose a long-term policy framework for heat networks, showing how a level playing field can helpthe heat network industry to flourish without subsidy after 2020.
  • Securing a formal Government commitment to keep a better heat network default distribution loss factor in SAP for Code of Practice compliant schemes.
  • Securing a commitment from the Scottish Government to align new heat network license requirements with the CIBSE and ADE Heat Networks Code of Practice

Find out why we are advocates for heat networks. 

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